Confidence is not only a trait that is essential to embody in one's personal life, but it is the main factor of performance as discussed in Judge et al. (1998). When new interpreters first enter the interpreting field they can commonly experience stress, anxiety, rejection, and hopelessness. In other words, a new interpreter's confidence, if present at all, is usually extremely low when first starting out (Moore, 2020). The purpose of this study is to show the importance of confidence and how a novice sign language interpreter can build themselves up to succeed as well as, construct confidence; within themselves and in their work. The method used in this research study was to apply various controls that could possibly provide additional tools and options to assist in building self-confidence. When focusing on one control at a time, I could then narrow down the most and least effective routes towards my self-confidence.

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Action Research

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney


confidence, self-esteem, novice, interpreting



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Subject Categories

Education | Language Interpretation and Translation

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