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.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies
confidence, self-esteem, novice, interpreting
Type (DCMI Terms)
Education | Language Interpretation and Translation
Steinmetz, A. (2022). Betting on Yourself: Developing Confidence as a Novice Sign Language Interpreter (master's thesis). Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/theses/233
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