While I am a recruiter, I am also an employee. I have my own regularly scheduled 30-minute status update meetings with my manager once a month. I use the following formula to create my status report and I recommend students use a similar format for their status reports.
My status report is broken down into the following categories:
- Here is what I am working on now.
- Here are my current set of problems that I have not yet resolved.
- Here is what I am doing to resolve these problems.
- Here is what I am going to do next.
- Is the scope of my job correct (i.e. am I doing what you are expecting me to do in my assignment?)
I recommend bringing a hardcopy of this status report for your manager and sending the softcopy report to them at the end of the meeting. As you go through the information in each of these sections, there will be plenty of opportunity to receive feedback from your manager. Your ability to accept and act on your manager’s feedback is very important. At the end of your internship or coop, or at the end of the appraisal year, your manager will have a great record of your accomplishments. Managers usually appreciate having these records available to them when writing your appraisal.