être en mission

English translation: to be on assignment

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French term or phrase:être en mission
English translation:to be on assignment
Entered by: suzanneb111

13:41 Oct 8, 2018
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial - Business/Commerce (general) / consulting jargon
French term or phrase: être en mission
Bonjour everyone,

I need your help in translating "être en mission", dans le jargon très particulier du monde des consultants... ça veut dire "travailler", en fait :) mais j'aurais besoin d'un équivalent qui sonne "consulting lingo"... "to be on a mission", j'y crois pas du tout, Dieu n'a rien à voir là-dedans :) J'ai pensé à "to be on a job", mais ça me paraît pas terrible... j'imagine qu'il y a une expression consacrée dans ce milieu.

Any ideas?

Cheers!
Suzanne
suzanneb111
France
Local time: 09:29
to be on assignment
Explanation:
Not at all hard to come by. In fact, it's the first and only definition offered for "en mission" by the Grand Collins-Robert.

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Note added at 11 mins (2018-10-08 13:53:26 GMT)
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"Dans le jargon des consultants: on ne 'travaille' pas, on est 'en mission'."

"In consultant-speak, you aren't working: you're on assignment."
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Rob Grayson
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:29
Grading comment
thanks all, and especially Rob! You've earned the points to public acclaim :)
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4 +10to be on assignment
Rob Grayson


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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +10
to be on assignment


Explanation:
Not at all hard to come by. In fact, it's the first and only definition offered for "en mission" by the Grand Collins-Robert.

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Note added at 11 mins (2018-10-08 13:53:26 GMT)
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"Dans le jargon des consultants: on ne 'travaille' pas, on est 'en mission'."

"In consultant-speak, you aren't working: you're on assignment."

Rob Grayson
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:29
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 424
Grading comment
thanks all, and especially Rob! You've earned the points to public acclaim :)
Notes to answerer
Asker: cheers Rob - yes I did see that term too actually, but was wondering if there was something more "jargoney" :)

Asker: Hi Rebecca, yes of course, here it is: "Dans le jargon des consultants: on ne 'travaille' pas, on est 'en mission'."

Asker: thanks @Rob, sorry I didn't think about giving the full sentence to begin with -- will do next time!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  AllegroTrans: Yes but some organisations (incl the EU) use 'on mission' in their jargon
2 mins
  -> That may be so, but it's far from a majority usage…

neutral  Rebecca Elder: Depends on the context but I'm not sure it would sound fluent in a website tranlation for instance. Do you have the full sentence Suzanne?
3 mins
  -> "…not sure it would sound fluent…"? Then adapt it to suit the specific context. Given that the question was asked without any more specific context, what else did you expect??!

agree  writeaway
5 mins

agree  Philippa Smith
41 mins

agree  Gillian Smithers
44 mins

agree  Eliza Hall
1 hr

agree  Peter LEGUIE: Yes, or possibly "carrying out..." What do you think?
1 hr
  -> "Carrying out an assignment" is a bit clunky and unidiomatic IMO

agree  Carol Gullidge: and definitely not "engagement"!
2 hrs

agree  Yolanda Broad
3 hrs

agree  Rachel Fell
4 hrs

agree  Daryo: le chef ne lit pas son journal pendant le travail, il l'étudie .... etc
10 hrs
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