It would be enough for senior professionals to “give back” to their profession by serving as mentors. The fact is that givers get. Junior professionals have a lot to offer their seniors. Senior professionals have needs, if only because they are human. Who better than a trusted professional to meet those needs? As the relationship blossoms, the dividing line blurs between who is mentor and who is mentee. Clearly, junior mentees often become excellent mentors in their own right. This track record can start as they perform that very function with their own mentor.
Mentoring is not all roses, compliments and good times. Mentees need far more than a pat on the back. This is what Katie refers to as “accountability”. Mentors make suggestions. Mentees should take them to heart, although the suggestions are rarely perfect solutions. Accountability is all about what happens next.