Mammothman, that's a fine starter project. Meaty enough to get some experience, simple enough to be able to complete and it lets you show off your new found skills.
What tools do you have? Knowing that will help us guide you on this project.
But, for this project, you don't need to cut dados or get fancy with glue. I would just use nails and not bother with glue at all. While that may not seem satisfying, you can set the nails (drive the heads below the surface of the wood) and fill the holes with wood putty. I'd focus a lot on finishing - sanding, sealing, staining and top coating. Finishing skills are often overlooked by beginners but they are as important as joinery. With nails, you can mostly finish the pieces separately - staining in corners can be tricky.
As for going forward, I would do some viewing of various project videos and pick a progression of projects of increasing sophistication. Each of which adds one or maybe two new skills.