Academic development is a growth process of your own development, though which you discover what you want to be good at and what you are good at within the academic world step by step. You discover which course interests you more during your study, what your study can offer you and what you would like to do after completing your study.
You may become a researcher, lawyer, doctor, urban and rural planner or a policymaker. Which abilities, work experience or network do you need for that? Examine the possibilities for your development within your study, outside of your study and after your study (see links below).