The Mentorship and Career Development symposium is a new initiative by the OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG aimed at bringing together researchers at all stages to provide counsel on navigating a career in neuroimaging. The symposium is designed to have a specific theme each year. This year the focus is on early career transitions in academic, as well as non-traditional research routes. The symposium promises a variety of talks from brain mappers that have successfully navigated a neuroscience career in various academic settings around the world, as well as industry input that highlights opportunities to explore outside of academia. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion from established PI’s and industry experts on what they look for in candidates interviewing for various positions. The symposium will also feature tips for grant writing, managing microaggressions and workplace challenges, and seeking a work-life balance. We will present a comprehensive symposium that covers the big questions regarding steering a successful career as a brain mapper. As an extension of the mentorship and career development initiative, this year, the OHBM Student and Postdoc SIG has also announced an online mentorship forum for conference attendees as a continuing effort to help improve support and encouragement across all stages of career development.